Help Women's Society grow!

by Gabriella Marsden in Rossendale, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th December 2019 we successfully raised £3,082 with 59 supporters in 28 days

Raising money to expand Women's Society events and launch a subscription service to provide support and training for female entrepreneurs.

by Gabriella Marsden in Rossendale, England, United Kingdom

Who am I?

I'm Gaby, the founder of Women's Society. My passion lies in female entrepreneurship, encouraging women to start businesses and supporting those who already have! I have been self employed for almost 5 years and prior to Women's Society I had a children's wear business, it was during this time that I realised the lack of support for female led businesses, especially in small towns. After I graduated university in October 2018 with a Ba Hons in Business, I started to think about how I could make a difference to other female entrepreneurs by sharing my knowledge and passion.

For the past 5 weeks I have been through a gruelling application for funding through a government backed scheme. After lots of false promises, the application was rejected and I received very little feedback as to why. Which is why i find myself here!

What is Women's Society?

My business is Women's Society and for the last 6 months we have been successfully hosting networking events and workshops in Rossendale. These events are 10 a penny in cities and larger towns, but lacking in smaller and lesser developed areas. Women's Society's plan is to expand events into other small towns across the North West as well as launching an online subscription service where members can access all the resources and training necessary to start and scale their businesses.

Your donation will help us champion small female led businesses and provide a community of like minded and supportive women. As well as opportunities to collaborate with larger brands and get their businesses out there!

Women's Society is serious about getting smaller towns on the map and one of our proudest achievements so far is partnering with Google Digital Garage on a free event to bring digital skills training to Rossendale!

We have achieved so much so far and are determined to continue to support small female led businesses through Women's Society. Your support will create these opportunities for growth for the members of Women's Society.

This crowd funder will not only help me as the founder of Women's Society, but will help women across the North West too!

Why it's important?

Female entrepreneurs are the key to accelerating economic growth. According to the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, up to £250 billion of new value could be added to the UK economy if women started and scaled businesses at the same rate as men.

But there are so many barriers to this, including childcare, lack of networking opportunities and mentoring, fear of failure, psychological barriers and bias against women. But the biggest barrier is the lack of funding available, which is something that I have witnessed first hand. Alarmingly, only 13% of senior people on UK investment teams are women and less than 1% of UK venture funding goes to all female teams!

Where will the money go?

The money raised will go towards the launch of the Women's Society subscription service and the tools and resources required to do this. It will allow female entrepreneurs to access workshops and support local to them. Your support will create empowered females across the North West! Part of Women's Society's aim is to provide talks in universities and colleges encouraging female students to start their own business and provide them with access to tools, resources and coaching to help them achieve this. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Annual Women's Society Membership

The Women's Society Membership will allow you access to online resources, guides and training. As well as a private Facebook group full of supportive and inspirational female entrepreneurs. This will allow you one years access for £60, usually £85.

£5 or more

6 of 100 claimed

We Are Girls Badges

Girl power minis badge set from We Are Girls. View Product here - https://www.wearegrls.com/product-page/girl-power-minis-pin-badge

£5 or more

1 of 50 claimed

1 Month Access to Women's Society Membership

The Women's Society Membership will allow you access to online resources, guides and training. As well as a private Facebook group full of supportive and inspirational female entrepreneurs. This will allow you one months access for £5, usually £6.99

£7 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Middle Mouse Print

Unframed digital prints of inspirational women. Worth £10 each. Choose from - Frida Kahlo - Emmeline Pankhurst - Charlotte Bronte - Hedy Lamarrr - Jane Austen - Billie Holliday https://www.middlemouse.co.uk/shop/prints/ This reward was kindly donated by Rebecca from her small business Middle Mouse. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder!

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Whip & Kitten £10 Drinks Voucher

A £10 drinks voucher to be used during Happy Hour at The Whip & Kitten, Rawtenstall. The Whip & Kitten is Rawtenstall's first craft cocktail bar and is the usual venue for Rossendale Women's Society events and workshops! This reward was kindly donated by Bryony from her small business The Whip & Kitten. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder! Thank you!

£8 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£10 Unscripted Voucher

A £10 gift voucher to be used at online fashion brand Unscripted. www.unscripteduk.co.uk

£10 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Foxanne Girl Power Poster and Magnet

Foxanne Girl Power Poster and Magnet worth £15 View here https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/738983794/a3-girl-power-print-poster-and-magnet?ref=landingpage_similar_listing_top-3

£10 or more

1 of 20 claimed

We Are Girls Beanie

We Are Girls Beanie RRP £12 See the beanie here - https://www.wearegrls.com/product-page/we-are-girls-beanie

£10 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Comfy Marmalade Print

Comfy Marmalade's best selling Cloud & Rainbow print, unframed. Worth £12 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/682776312/cloud-rainbow-drops-print-a4-a3-unframed?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1 This reward was kindly donated by Karen from her small business Comfy Marmalade. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder!

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sam Jayne Design A4 Print

"If you try to do everything it's going to be hard to do anything" An A4 Print by Sam Jayne Design Worth £12 This reward has been kindly donated by Sam Jayne Design, the full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society Crowdfunder!

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sam Jayne Design A4 Print

"Life is tough but so are you" An A4 print by Sam Jayne Design worth £12! This reward has been kindly donated by Sam Jayne Design, the full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society Crowdfunder!

£12 or more

4 of 100 claimed

We Are Girls T-Shirt

We Are Girls T-Shirt 100% Organic Cotton Unisex Fit T-Shirt with We Are Girls logo on front. www.wearegrls.com/product-page/we-are-girls-t-shirt

£15 or more

3 Month Access to Women's Society Membership

The Women's Society Membership will allow you access to online resources, guides and training. As well as a private Facebook group full of supportive and inspirational female entrepreneurs. This will allow you three months access for £15, usually £20.97

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Personal Shopping Experience - Love Lucy Boutique

A two hour personal shopping experience for 2 people at Love Lucy Boutique in Chorlton. Enjoy some fizz and styling advice as well as 15% off anything purchased! This reward was kindly donated by Lucy from her small business Love Lucy Boutique. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder! Thank you!

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

One Day Emergency First Aid Course

A one day emergency first aid course for up to 12 people worth £400+ The qualifications you will receive on this course are nationally recognised. The training provider is accredited and qualifications regulated by Ofqual exam board. Course can be delivered in a location of your choice in the North West of England. This reward was kindly donated by Adam. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder! Thank you!

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

One Day Fire Marshall Training

A one day fire marshall training course for up to 16 people worth £400+ The qualifications you will receive from this course are nationally recognised. The training provider is accredited and qualifications regulated by Ofqual exam board. The course can be delivered in a location of your choice in the North West of England This reward was kindly donated by Adam. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder! Thank you!

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Foxanne Girl Power Colouring Book

Foxanne Girl Power Colouring Book worth £6.50 See item here https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/738989286/a5-colouring-book-pink-purple-girly?ref=shop_home_active_2&frs=1 This reward was kindly donated by Roxanne from her small business Foxanne. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder. Thank you!

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Voucher with S&Co

£25 Voucher with S&Co Beauty, based in Crawshawbooth. Find S&Co here - https://www.instagram.com/s_andco_

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

30 minute coaching call with Kat Horrocks

A 30 minute coaching call with with women's life coach Kat Horrocks! Includes a strategy session on one topic or issue. Worth £50 This reward was kindly donated by Kat from her small business. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder! https://www.instagram.com/kat_horrocks

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

45 minute business coaching call with Lucy Green

Book a 45 minute business coaching call with Lucy Green Coaching worth £125. The Business Coach for change makers. I can fully vouch for Lucy, Women's Society might not exist if it were't for her encouragement earlier in the year! Find Lucy here - https://www.instagram.com/lucygreencoaching This reward was kindly donated by Lucy from her small business Lucy Green Coaching. The full amount pledged will go to the Women's Society crowdfunder!

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